2016 Agricultural History Society
Annual Meeting
June 23-25, 2016
New York City and Briarcliff Manor, New York

The Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting - June 23-25, 2016

Town & Country

This year’s annual meeting will embody the program theme: connections between city and farm, between urban and rural spaces. Accordingly, the conference will be held at both City College of New York (in New York City) and the Edith Macy Conference Center (in Briarcliff Manor, New York) on June 23-25.

The 2016 conference is an all-in event (like the 2013 meeting in Banff). Lodging and meeting rooms are contained at the Edith Macy Conference Center, located on 405 wooded acres in Westchester County. Meals and lodging are part of a package, payable to AHS at time of conference registration. For a conference in a major metropolitan area, we’re quite proud of the work we’ve done to keep costs reasonable. One reason for this is that AHS is recognized as a tax-exempt organization in the state of New York and will be responsible for making all payments to the Edith Macy Conference Center. The benefit of this is that all expenses paid by AHS are tax free, resulting in significant savings passed on to attendees.

Program and Tour

The program committee, led by Drew Swanson, has put together an excellent slate of 45 panels that draw on multiple disciplines and reach across multiple continents and time periods.

The conference will open in Manhattan at City College of New York on the morning of Thursday, June 23 with a keynote address by Ted Steinberg and the first set of panels. Conference participants will then pick up a box lunch (included in your registration fee), board a motor coach, and head north to Pocantico Hills for a tour of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a diversified, four-season farm located in Tarrytown, New York just twenty-five miles from City College. We will then re-board for a short drive to the Edith Macy Conference Center where we will refresh and enjoy a welcome reception followed by the evening meal.

Friday, June 24 is a full day of sessions that begins after the AHS Business Meeting. Your conference registration includes a seat at the AHS Presidential Luncheon that day.
Sessions continue all day on Saturday, June 25, followed by the evening Awards Banquet (also included with registration). Participants will have breakfast on Sunday morning and may pick up a box lunch upon departure from the Edith Macy Conference Center.

Lodging and Meals

June 22 Lodging: Participants are on their own to book and pay for lodging for the night of Wednesday, June 22 in New York City. The following hotels are in reasonable proximity to City College:

June 23-25 Lodging and Meals: Edith Macy Conference Center packages include lodging and meals for the period beginning on the evening of Thursday, June 23 through the morning of Sunday, June 26. These packages are all-inclusive, with every meal and coffee break provided for, including the Presidential Luncheon, awards banquet, and a box lunch to take away on Sunday.

Roommates, Single Occupancy, and Overflow: Rooms at the conference center are doubles and triples. There is a space on the registration form for you to indicate a roommate preference. Please don’t delay in working this out. For those who do not have a preference or perhaps do not know anyone else, use H-Rural or feel free to contact someone from the preliminary conference participant list.

Requests for single occupancy rooms and overflow lodging will be handled by the Edith Macy Conference Center. We are doing this to make sure that our block there is filled and financial exposure for the society is limited. There will be a shuttle between the overflow hotel and the Edith Macy Conference Center.

The Edith Macy Conference Center

Registration Fees

Registration fees pay for lodging and food at EMCC as described above, plus the field trip tour, transportation from City College to the Edith Macy Conference Center, welcome reception, and registration expenses (on-line fee processing, name badges, program printing).

AHS encourages you to register for the full conference and to share a room to maximize occupancy at the Edith Macy Conference Center to fulfill our contractual obligation for rooms and meals. As always, participants may elect to participate for a single day with food only; no single-night lodging is available.

Registration fees

Single-day rate (Fri. or Sat.; includes three meals, but not lodging): $300

Half-day rate (Thurs. a.m. only; includes keynote address and session I at CCNY): $150

Please note:

  • Not a member? Sign-up before you register (via our website) and you’ll receive the discounted member-only rates.
  • Registration will begin in March and be available through the AHS website:
  • On-site registration will only be available for single-day attendees. You must pre-register before June 8 to receive lodging.
  • Registration cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Requests postmarked or e-mailed on or before May 15, 2016 will receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. Due to the financial obligations of the Society, no refunds will be available after May 15, 2016.

Ground Transportation

The Edith Macy Center will coordinate transportation to the airport for Sunday morning departures. There is a space on the room booking form to indicate flight information as well as costs to nearby airports. Transportation leaving EMCC is not part of your registration fee.

Graduate Travel Funding

The Society is offering $250 travel stipend to support currently-enrolled graduate students who are presenting a paper at the 2016 meeting. To be considered for the award you must submit an application form before the April 15 deadline.

Executive Committee of the AHS

The AHS Executive Committee will meet late in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 22 on the CCNY campus. Members of the committee should plan to arrive in Manhattan no later than early-afternoon that day. Please contact Executive Secretary Jim Giesen for details about this meeting before making travel plans.